Tampa Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Representing Motorcyclists in Tampa and Throughout Florida
Motorcycle accidents can happen in an instant and the results can be devastating. Since motorcyclists have little protection on their bikes, they can sustain serious injuries in an accident including broken bones, head injuries, neck and back injuries, brain damage, disfigurement, loss of limbs, paralysis or death.
At the Capaz Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping motorcyclists who are injured in an accident. We will fight to hold the at-fault party accountable and to get you fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. When a negligent driver fails to obey the law or carelessly ignores the presence of motorcycles on the road, you shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Motorcycle accidents are common in Florida and usually lead to serious injuries or death. According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 2011 Florida Crash Statistics Report:
- 7,231 motorcyclists were injured in crashes
- 413 motorcyclists were killed
- 90 of the 413 fatalities occurred in Tampa Bay (Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties)
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can occur when a negligent motor vehicle driver:
- Swerves in front of a motorcyclist
- Cuts off a motorcyclist at an intersection
- Fails to yield the right-of-way
- Fails to leave the motorcycle with sufficient space
- Fails to watch for motorcyclists changing or entering lanes
- Misjudges a motorcycle’s speed or distance away
- Drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Other causes of motorcycle crashes include product defects in:
- Fuel systems
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can thoroughly analyze your case to determine who’s responsible for your accident and whether a product liability claim against a manufacturer is necessary.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
After a motorcycle accident, you should follow the same procedure as a regular motor vehicle accident: call the police and request an accident crash report, seek medical attention, gather witness statements, exchange information with the other driver, keep your bike unrepaired to use as evidence, take photos of the accident scene, and contact a lawyer.
Personal injury attorney Dereck Capaz is an experienced motorcycle accident injury lawyer who is familiar with Florida laws governing motorcycles, and has extensive experience dealing with insurance companies. Mr. Capaz will thoroughly investigate your case to collect important data and evidence necessary for your claim.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Tampa
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and have sustained injuries, contact the Capaz Law Firm. We can help you file a claim and deal with the insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve for your accident. We can also help you with a wrongful death claim if you have lost a loved one due a motorcycle accident.
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Dereck Capaz is a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.
Dereck Capaz was selected for inclusion and named in the 2009 – 2015 editions of Florida Super Lawyers.
AV® Preeminent™ Rated
Dereck Capaz has earned the AV-Preeminent Rating for legal proficiency and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell and lawyers.com.